Becoming a father

There are many fathers who value authority. They believe that their children should do what they tell them to do. They don’t believe in giving choices to their children. There are also many fathers who value freedom. They believe that their children should be what they like to be. They believe in giving choices to their children. Some fathers are convergent thinkers, some fathers are divergent thinkers.

Some fathers don’t like their children to become adults. Some fathers begin to treat their children as ‘adults’ very early. Whatever the ways, most fathers try to give their children the assurance that they are always there for them.

I am a father. Like my father, I am not worried about the future of my children. Like my father, I think, my children can take care of themselves. Like my father, I don’t want to take decisions on their behalf. Like my father, I don’t want to believe that discipline and denial are the only ways to raise a child. I am not priestly, nor am I nightmarish. Often I have not shown enough interest in things my children are interested in. In spite of my shortcomings, I possess the magic glue to attract them. My children are there for me. If there is good news, I wish to share it first with them. I have seen reverence in their eyes for me. I think this is one of my greatest achievements, as a father.

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© 2017 by Dr Purnendu Ghosh